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Jiaozi by Julian Jackson

Fruit Basket by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Natural Intelligence by Besty DiJulio

"Andes" by Claire Ibarra

"America" by Claire Ibarra

Artwork by Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Photography by Bill Brady

Finger Painting by Tammy Ruggles

Artwork by Betsy DiJulio

Food Illustrations by Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Vegetable Papyrus by I. Batsheva

Photographs by Louise Fabiani

Photographs by Martha Clarkson and Jim Carpenter

Food Stylings by Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Eating Alone by Jeannette Ferrary

Illustrations by Tom Bingham

Schiciatta d'Uva by LeAnne Thomas

The Four Seasons by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Epicurious Potato Heads by Natasha Bacca

Paintings by Cynthia Tollefsrud

Photographs by Eleanor Bennett

Illustrations by Brooke Albrecht

Photographs by Cynthia Staples

Mutatoes by Uli Westphal

Alice Brock

Damon Belanger

Louis Dunn

Stéphanie Kilgast

Mark Kurlansky

Marilyn Murphy

Nina Talbot

Jiaozi

by Julian J Jackson

Alimentum is delighted to feature the photography of Julian Jackson. By way of introducing it, Julian writes:

My name is Julian J Jackson and I've been a professional photographer for over ten years now. I worked for the Times/News of Hendersonville, North Carolina from 2006 to 2010 and have had my work published in numerous journals and magazines. I lived in Asheville, North Carolina until August of 2012 when I moved to Xinzheng, P.R. China with my wife, author Cathy Adams. We now live and work on a campus of 25,000 Chinese students and 150 foreign staff. Living in China has offered both my wife and myself an outlet to pursue our creative talents and to blossom as artists.

Jiaozi - steamed dumplings, pot stickers, are a common Chinese food. We were invited to a jiaozi making party by my wife's students who showed us how to kneed the dough, make the filling, and form the dough around the filling with your fingers. Making dumplings symbolizes community which China is all about.

The round dumplings signify family reunion. Crescent-shaped Jiaozi are a symbol of wealth and prosperity because of their resemblance to ancient Chinese money (silver ingots). There is also a Chinese wives' tale that if you don't make Jiaozi according to a certain time then your ears will fall off.

So eat lot's of delicious Jiaozi and enjoy!